Print Orientation & Font Size

Posted on 2006-04-28
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
I am looking to set up an alternate printer then the existing twinax Line printer.
I have configured a device and am able to send output although everything is in landscape format and the appropriate font size.  Output required to be in Portrait orientation.

The device type is 3812, model 1, Font identifier 3, Mfgr *HP4000 (tried various HP devices) with System driver HPPJLDRV.
Printer is a Toshiba eStudio 650 multi-function device that support PCL.

Two questions:
1. What is the most efficient approach to solving this issue?  My thoughts have been in the font identifier and manufacturer device.
2. Where can I locate a font identifier table showing all available fonts?

Question by:Cory Jensen
    LVL 13

    Expert Comment

    Check that the output actually fits on the page using portrait orientation. Display the spooled file attributes (option 8 from the WRKSPLF/WRKOUTQ commands) and look for the page size & print density attributes. An example is:

    Page size:                                          
      Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :   66        
      Width  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :   132      
      Measurement method . . . . . . . . . :   *ROWCOL  
    Lines per inch . . . . . . . . . . . . :   6        
    Characters per inch  . . . . . . . . . :   12        

    In this example, the page is 132 columns wide printing at 12 characters per inch which will not fit on 8.5 inch wide paper, so the orientation is automatically changed to landscape.

    Also check that most of the page width is being used. If the report is 132 characters wide, but nothing prints after column 80, then the spooled file should be created with different attributes by the program.

    Please post back some more spooled file attributes:
    Printer device type  (probably *SCS)
    Page rotation (*AUTO, *DEVD, *COR, 0, 90, 180, or 270)

    Based on this information, we can figure out if you need to force it to print portrait or not.


    Author Comment

    by:Cory Jensen
    Yes, the output files are being generated based on greenbar output,

    Page Length 66
    Page Width 132
    Printer Device Type is *SCS

    These programs are all ancient, System/36 based RPG.  
    As a workaround, AFP Workbench for Windows will work to resize the actual text but my preference is to configure the printer to generate portrait orientation and only use the printer definition for the specific reports required.

    Further thoughts?  Do I need to configure WSCST or ???

    LVL 13

    Expert Comment

    Hi, Cory
    1) Please include the lines per inch and characters per inch so we can look at the page size.

    2) Is there a lot of blanks on the right of the report? What column does the longest line end in?

    3) WSCST is the last resort, which I can help with as well.



    Author Comment

    by:Cory Jensen

    Thanks for the quick response.  Answers to your questions below:

    1.  I no longer have this at my fingertips.  I'll check for more of the characteristics

    2. Yes, the specific reports will fit on an 80 column format

    LVL 13

    Accepted Solution

    With the report fitting into 80 columns, and the page defined as 132, you need to either change the program to use 80 columns (recommended if possible), or go the workstation customization route.

    Check out this link to get start:

    If you have any questions, post back!


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